Mass Rearing Pink Bollworms1

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The use of physical harriers between loin. cubes of a semi. synthetic diet allowed mass rearing( of pink bollworms, Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders). A layer of nonabsorbent cotton was the most effective harrier. A negative, highly significant correlation between number of larvae and percent moisture of medium was obtained for diets with 76 and 84% moisture. Medium containing 75% moisture produced the highest number of larvae. The most effective use of media and 1st instar larvae was obtained with 100 medium cubes and 100 larvae per 8-0z jar. Pink bollworms are now mass reared ill 9-oz waxed-paper pups with ΒΌ in. cubes of medium scattered between layers of cotton.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1964

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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